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for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.


: Jim Johnson's All-Star debut didn't come in a classic – the NL's 8-0 victory was all but sewn up halfway through the game. But the Orioles closer's outing was classic Johnson, a quick, efficient inning that drew little attention to him. Read more about how Johnson and his Orioles teammates -- Adam Jones and Matt Wieters -- fared in the midsummer classic.

: Maryland's Board of Elections certified a petition Tuesday to put the state's new same-sex marriage law on the November ballot, the final procedural step needed for voters to challenge the controversial law. "We're excited, we're on the ballot," said Dereck McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, a church-led group pushing to repeal the law. "We're glad that we were able to have a loud say."

: Members of the Baltimore region's close-knit swimming community were reeling Tuesday from the death late Monday of Alec John Cosgarea, 17, a varsity swimmer at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills and a competitor for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. According to police, the rising senior was driving north on Greenspring Avenue about 10:20 p.m., approaching Highview Drive, when he lost control of his car and it left the roadway and struck a tree. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died, police said.

: William Norman, the retired first principal of Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, was found slain in a canal in Davie, Fla., and police said they have charged two teenagers with premeditated murder in his death.

: Baltimore's police union is calling for an overhaul of the department, describing the agency's management strategy as "outdated, ineffective and reactive" and proposing changes that it said would boost officer morale and reduce crime across the city.


: A decade after passage of a federal law requiring statewide school assessments, nearly 90 percent of Maryland's elementary students are passing their reading and math tests, but that success does not continue when students hit middle school. Middle school math scores were the low point in the latest Maryland School Assessment results, released Tuesday by the state, and are likely to be a focus of attention for a number of school systems in the coming months.

: Leaders of Maryland's seven most populous jurisdictions say utilities couldn't immediately pinpoint the addresses of power outages during the cleanup from the deadly June 29 derecho storm, hindering their efforts to send out emergency crews. In a letter Tuesday to the Public Service Commission, the leaders asked the state's utility regulator to explore improving disclosure of outage locations, burying power lines and evaluating power companies' staffing. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties signed the letter.

: The new organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix said Tuesday they are prepared to lose money on the Labor Day weekend event, but pledged that no vendor or taxpayer would go unpaid. "My goal for this year is to stabilize the race," said J.P. Grant, the Columbia-based financier heading Race On LLC, which has a five-year contract to put on the city's IndyCar race. "If there's a hit, we take a hit."

: As the Baltimore comptroller's office was seeking bids for a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the city government's telephone system last year, the mayor's technology office was buying about $500,000 worth of equipment that could be used for the same kind of system upgrade, documents show.